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Popular throughout Europe. Not widely distributed in country.
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Open Letter to Sean Peyton, New Orleans Saints:
I'm older than you. Born at Baptist Hospital on Napoleon Avenue in New Orleans in 1954, I was there when the Saints were born. I was there when The Saints played in Tulane Stadium, when Tom Dempsey kicked a 63 yard field goal, when The Saints had 20 losing seasons in a row and when we wore bags on our heads. I was there on the 50 yard line with Governor Edwards when he took me and some of my Loyola Law School classmates to a game! He was probably thinking we might never be on the 50 yard line again! But I was.
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Researchers say, it's a fact, gardening offers health benefits.
YOU DONE GOOD!
Not Widely Available: $17.99
"After being house-bound for so many weeks, you are ready to watch something on TV other than your favorite streaming service. Schitt’s Creek, The Crown, Yellowstone, The Queen’s Gambit, even Bridgerton are great but we’ve been there and done that," says Ken. "This is why football is such a welcome distraction. Nothing is scripted, anything is possible, and crazy things often happen. And as each game takes a little over three hours, there is plenty of time to enjoy some really good wines while we watch."
|*** Re-think Travel ***
Message in a Bottle
Bordeaux for Under $15
Cancel Travel? Rebook Travel? Travel Vicariously?
Stay tuned to our Newsletter, we are planning Zoom Trips now.
Meanwhile, think Bordeaux!
Vivino says $18.96
*** MetroWines says $14.99 ***
|Paint Your Front Door
Quick, Easy, Inexpensive Facelift
This wine is the door to a new wine experience. Sure, like a dingy old brown door, because you don't know the name of the winery or the varietal, in this case, GRIGNOLINO, you walk by it. You are missing out.
Try it. Be the one who knows!
*** Washington Post Says ***
Vivino Says $21.99
Need Another Reason to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone?
New York Times says a "Bamboo Shot" is the way forward!
Orange Bitters and Sea Salt @MetroWines!
When in Rome...
The Wine? You might think Tuscany. Close but no sigaro!
Lazio Wines are not easy to find in country.
** Be the ONLY one! $19.99 **
(Personal Note: I love this wine! And not just because
*** Radicchio: It's ALL the Rage ***
This chicory presents in striking hues, has a zing
and holds up in the refrigerator between store stops.
Radicchio is a singular touch but it can be a real diva! Let's give the devil diva its due. Nothing else springs up from a salad or the grill like Radicchio.
When including Radicchio in a dish, let is shine, and pair to IT.
Pinot Blanc smoothes out the pointed flavor spikes and brings forth
the intrinsic spiciness of Radicchio!
Ciao Asheville suggests grilled Radicchio
tossed with olive oil in pasta!
Turckheim 2018 Alsace Pinot Blanc
A wine whose color can be pale-yellow, yellow-green, and yellow-gold.
Made from 80% Pinot Blanc Auxerrois and 20% Pinot Blanc.
Highly aromatic nose with lemon sherbet, stone fruits and flinty minerals.
The palate is well balanced and rounded, delicate lemon, notes of pineapple, considerable minerality and hints of creamy citrus on the finish.
Overall, this wine is rounded with a generous palate weight.
No oak. 13% ALC $16.99
|*** Baby Brunello ***
Lettie Teague writes that retailers, for different reasons, often use the word "baby" before wines known to be costly such as Brunello, Barolo, Bordeaux or Sancere.
We do too sometimes. John calls Poggio Apricale a "Baby Brunello." Why?
$19.99! Oh Baby!
*** Big RED of the Week ***
A unique Red Blend aged in Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrels.
News Release: Wednesday, January 6th, 2021
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
|*** New Food ***
As you can see from the sign, the literal melting pot Zanzibar Pizza
** New Stuff to Talk About. Be Nice. **
We poured Veema for the New Year's Eve Zoom Event
92 Points from The Tasting Panel Magazine.
2021 New Stuff
Let's Start Here
Les Terrasses Ventoux Blanc 2018, 14.99
(Called L'Aguieloun in France and named after a cold wind from the northeast)
Proof that Sauvignon Blanc made the right way can be terroir driven.
** Sparkling at Your Price **
Belvive Sparkling NV, Cantine Povero, Italy $8.99
** Note: Belvive was a MetroWines Focus Group Pick! in 2020 **
Avinyo Cava Reserva 2017, Spain $17.99
Baga Bruto 2017, Portugal $24
Castelnau Reserve Champagne, $40
Christian Etienne Brut, NV Cuvee Meurville, $54
We also have Large Format Bottles, some in wood boxes!
*** MetroWines ***
"2020 Wine of the Year"
The Balthazar domaine dates back to 1931, when it was founded
One of the top growers following tradition is Franck Balthazar,
*** Staff Picks for 2020 ***
** John's Pick **
** Gina's Pick **
** Zach's Pick **
** Andy's Pick **
** Lou's Pick **
** Kristen's Pick **
*** Brett's Pick ***
Celebrate the End of 2020 with a case of staff picks!
"Escaping Criticism" by Pere Burrell del Caso, 1874
And this is your goal in gifting a bottle of wine!
Professional Recommendations from MetroWines:
BEST GIFT BOTTLE UNDER......
Recently, Wine Spectator asked a number of sommeliers what bottle they would pick
to give as a gift at the holidays. As individual knowledge levels, palates and preferences,
and availability vary wildly, this is a tough choice. So, I asked John and he said:
"I would choose a California Cabernet Sauvignon. This is the best selling category in the shop, while this may not be your first choice, it is rare to find someone who totally opposes
California Cabernet and you have many prices ranges from which to select a great bottle."
Under $10: Black's Station Cabernet 2018, $9.99
Under $20: Gundlach Bündchen 2018 , $17.99
Under $30. The Barrel 2017, $28
Under $40: Kith & Kin 2018, $39
$50-$60: Ascent 2012, $54 .................
John says: "Ascent was intended to be twice the price."
A well regraded and well known restaurant had ordered many cases of Ascent before COVID. Sadly, COVID closed the restaurant down and the distributor cut the price in half.
So, once again, we have a restaurant bottle that would have been over $100 on the menu.
Over $60, call John at (828-200-6504